Green building methods

Green building methods describe a series of processes that minimize the environmental impact that a building has throughout its life, from initial design through to eventual dereliction or demolition.

Key focuses of green building methods are the use of natural, recycled and sustainable building materials, the efficient design and use of water and power systems, reduction in pollution and waste, and minimizing damage to the local ecosystem, during and after construction. This subject area focuses on construction and design techniques; energy technologies, water and sewage, and natural disaster resistance. Self-build and tools are dealt with in other sections of the Knowledge Base.